Magazine article Screen International

Odeon & UCI Chief Operating Officer Ian Shepherd Exits

Magazine article Screen International

Odeon & UCI Chief Operating Officer Ian Shepherd Exits

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Odeon & UCI Cinema chief operating officer Ian Shepherd has exited the major European exhibitor.

Shepherd was at Odeon for three years, initially as group chief commercial officer. He took up the position of COO in December 2016.

He is replaced by Jan Bernhardsson, formerly president and CEO of Nordic Cinema Group, which AMC acquired in a $929m deal earlier this year.

Last month, Bernhardsson was promoted to COO at Odeon and executive vice president of AMC Europe. He will be in charge of all the AMC controlled theatres across 14 countries in Europe, and will report to Mark Way, managing director of Odeon Cinemas and president, AMC Europe.

A spokesperson for Odeon sent Screen the following statement: "Ian told us earlier this year that although he wanted to work with us to ensure that our transition into AMC was a success, his longer term personal ambitions meant that he would be stepping aside following the initial transition period. We shared this news with colleagues in our Group and partners in the wider industry in early March. …

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